Starting from the outside of the side-by-side grid, Volkswagen driver Johan Kristoffersson will have known it would take a desperate lunge to grab the lead at the first corner of Heat 2 of the World Rallycross Championship round at Hockenheim.
So he was probably more surprised than anyone to find himself in the lead coming out of that first left-hander, seemingly by accident.
As the cars jostle for position away from the start, Kristoffersson tries to cut across to the inside. Trouble is, he’s still alongside Davy Jeanney and ends up turning himself across the front of all three cars to his left.
But there’s no reason to panic. Kristoffersson simply points the steering in roughly the right direction, plants the throttle and his four-wheel-drive Polo drags itself back on course. Having taken the lead.
There are two possibilities, here: either it was an accident rescued by Kristoffersson’s Herculean car control, or he did it deliberately confident it would get him into the lead. In which case, he’s a opportunistic genius.
Though he won that heat, the rest of Kristoffersson’s weekend didn’t go quite so well. A fourth place finish in his semi-final meant he missed the cut for the final. Mattias Ekstrom won the event, ahead of team-mate Toppi Heikkinen and Ken Block.
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By Only Motors